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Center for Leadership in Disability funded $3 Million Grant for LEND Program

The Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has awarded the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at Georgia State University a five-year grant to continue its work with the Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program. The grant totals just over $3 million, and will be disbursed in equal sums yearly to support the program.

The Georgia LEND is an interdisciplinary training program for future professionals, disability advocates, and family members. The program provides a one-year experience that incorporates both didactic and experiential learning in a clinical and community settings.

There are seven represented disciplines in the Georgia LEND Program which include leadership; public health; interdisciplinary clinical training and practice; cultural competence; family-centered care; emerging issues in policy and practice related to children with neurodevelopmental disability; and research.

“We are pleased to continue the work of providing high-quality interdisciplinary training to prepare future leaders to improve health care access and quality for people that are underserved,” said Daniel Crimmins, PhD, Clinical Professor of Public Health and Director of the Georgia LEND.

Georgia LEND operates as a program of the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at Georgia State University (GSU), in collaboration with the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These and other community partners offer the expert faculty and resources necessary to provide exceptional interdisciplinary training and services.


For more information about the Center for Leadership in Disability and the Georgia LEND Program, visit